Highlands & Islands

Thousands of new trees for South Uist

More than 20,000 saplings could be planted in the Western Isles, an area of Scotland lacking in tree cover.

Oxfam has provided £10,000 towards the cost of buying the trees for South Uist.

The charity said the project would help protect the island from the effects of climate change.

The trees will include broad leafed species such as sycamore, birch and rowan, as well as conifers like Scots pine and sitka spruce.

Oxfam said bushes like sea buckthorn and creeping willow would also be planted to strengthen coastal areas.

In 2010, islanders used fishing nets to try to stop wind erosion to sand dunes on South Uist in a project backed by Oxfam.

The nets "anchored" the dunes until marram grass grew to act as a natural protection against the wind.

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